JERUSALEM (Jul. 21)
The Jewish National Fund Directorate has decided to dedicate a part of its Jerusalem Forest to Jacob Tzur, its outgoing chairman. The decision was announced at a special festive session of the Directorate this week which marked Tzur’s formal retirement. Several Directorate members spoke warmly of Tzur’s role and personality and wished him well for the future.
Tzur himself said the JNF’s daily work–with bulldozers, earthmovers and shovels–seemed prosaic enough. But it was infused with vision and with a sense of purpose and of history which he himself had always felt throughout his years of service at the Fund.
Tzur greeted Directorate-member Dr. Israel Goldstein on reaching his 80th birthday and announced that he would be inscribed in the JNF “Golden Book.” The Directorate announced that until a new chairman was elected a four-man committee consisting of Yitzhak Unna, Yitzhak Ziv-Av. Reuven Arazi and JNF director general Shimon Ben-Shemesh–would fulfill the chairman’s duties.
Among the various names mentioned as possible successors to Tzur the likeliest candidate, according to well-informed sources is Akiva Levinsky, a Labor Party leader and director of Bank Hapoalim, the Histadrut-owned bank.